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Message 1070439 - Posted: 25 Jan 2011, 5:29:06 UTC

On my preferences I have this option set for 10 days. Yet when the servers go down my system goes through the already downloaded workunits in about 24 hours. Which means when you have your 3 day outages my computer is mostly idle for 2 of those days.
What can I do to download more?
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Message 1070456 - Posted: 25 Jan 2011, 7:43:40 UTC - in response to Message 1070439.
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Check your local (in BOINC Manager) Preferences:









You have:
Average turnaround time 0.91 days
http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/show_host_detail.php?hostid=5429568

Average turnaround time 1.05 days
http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/host_app_versions.php?hostid=5429568

which means you have/use about one day WU cache


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Message 1070624 - Posted: 26 Jan 2011, 2:09:00 UTC - in response to Message 1070456.

i'm running 6 core 3.2 ghz processor (just updated from 4 core 3.0 ghz) and my average wu time is 4 hours each processor so I should have one wu or more per HOUR.... Not day...
I checked my preferences locally in boinc manager and it was set to 10 days.

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Message 1070648 - Posted: 26 Jan 2011, 3:24:37 UTC - in response to Message 1070624.

i'm running 6 core 3.2 ghz processor (just updated from 4 core 3.0 ghz) and my average wu time is 4 hours each processor so I should have one wu or more per HOUR.... Not day...
I checked my preferences locally in boinc manager and it was set to 10 days.

Can you find you client_state.xml file and post the time_stats section from it? The file is in the BOINC data directory. The location of the BOINC data directory can be found in the first few messages after a restart of the BOINC client.
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Message 1070651 - Posted: 26 Jan 2011, 3:31:01 UTC

<time_stats>
<on_frac>0.997577</on_frac>
<connected_frac>-1.000000</connected_frac>
<active_frac>0.999925</active_frac>
<last_update>1296012538.795677</last_update>
</time_stats>

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Message 1070654 - Posted: 26 Jan 2011, 3:34:10 UTC - in response to Message 1070651.

<time_stats>
<on_frac>0.997577</on_frac>
<connected_frac>-1.000000</connected_frac>
<active_frac>0.999925</active_frac>
<last_update>1296012538.795677</last_update>
</time_stats>

OK, that is not the problem.

Could you post the duration_correction value for each project from the same file?
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Message 1070658 - Posted: 26 Jan 2011, 3:44:39 UTC - in response to Message 1070654.

<project>
<master_url>http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/</master_url>
<project_name>SETI@home</project_name>
<symstore></symstore>
<user_name>Ultrajohn</user_name>
<team_name></team_name>
<host_venue>home</host_venue>
<email_hash>26396ace9f15d21e069867dd29d45cb6</email_hash>
<cross_project_id>ce331d65b9e23381cf2b23b02cd55d07</cross_project_id>
<cpid_time>978616961.000000</cpid_time>
<user_total_credit>2025372.253738</user_total_credit>
<user_expavg_credit>2298.490968</user_expavg_credit>
<user_create_time>978616961.000000</user_create_time>
<rpc_seqno>8233</rpc_seqno>
<hostid>5429568</hostid>
<host_total_credit>363863.506212</host_total_credit>
<host_expavg_credit>2297.978818</host_expavg_credit>
<host_create_time>1275711232.000000</host_create_time>
<nrpc_failures>0</nrpc_failures>
<master_fetch_failures>0</master_fetch_failures>
<min_rpc_time>1296008250.127681</min_rpc_time>
<next_rpc_time>0.000000</next_rpc_time>
<short_term_debt>0.000000</short_term_debt>
<long_term_debt>0.000000</long_term_debt>
<resource_share>100.000000</resource_share>
<duration_correction_factor>1.163333</duration_correction_factor>
<sched_rpc_pending>0</sched_rpc_pending>
<send_time_stats_log>0</send_time_stats_log>
<send_job_log>0</send_job_log>
<ams_resource_share>0.000000</ams_resource_share>
<scheduler_url>http://setiboinc.ssl.berkeley.edu/sah_cgi/cgi</scheduler_url>
<code_sign_key>
1024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.
</code_sign_key>
</project>

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Message 1070677 - Posted: 26 Jan 2011, 4:05:24 UTC

Do tasks finish in about the time initially estimated?
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Message 1070681 - Posted: 26 Jan 2011, 4:18:21 UTC - in response to Message 1070677.

Yes.
Most WU start at 4 hours and at 50% are close to 2 hours and finish close to the estimate.
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Message 1070756 - Posted: 26 Jan 2011, 10:28:47 UTC - in response to Message 1070681.
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You need about 40 tasks per day (400 for 10 days), now you have (maybe) ~60 (for 1.5 days)

Try to upgrade your BOINC version from 6.4.5 to 6.10.58
http://boinc.berkeley.edu/download_all.php

Try to set the WU cache to 10+10 days in local BOINC Manager Preferences
(Connect about + Additional)

Do you see 6 tasks running simultaneously?
What is the setting "Suspend work if CPU usage is above" (set it to 0 (zero)) (matters/exists in BOINC 6.10.58 but not in 6.4.5)

What are the messages after you press [Update] (on Projects tab)?
Post the relevant 5-10 lines from Messages tab.


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Message 1070806 - Posted: 26 Jan 2011, 14:33:48 UTC - in response to Message 1070756.

Hand typed since it wouldn't let me copy/paste...
Gerneral prefs: from SETI@home (last modified-25-Jan-2011 00:25:50)
Computer location: home
General prefs: no separate prefs for home: using your defaults
Reading preferences override file
Preferences limit memory usage when active to 1853.82MB
Preferences limit memory usage when idle to 3336.87
Preferences limit disk usage to 100.00GB
Sending scheduler request: requested by user/ Requesting 0 seconds of work, reporting 15 completed tasks
Scheduler request completed: got 0 new tasks

I will try updating my boinc client.
my system normally has all 6 processors going 100% and as long as I have WU in cache it shows 6 WU's being run.

I'm not having problems with the system running the WU's just the fact it won't download more than those 1.5 days worth of work....
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Message 1070808 - Posted: 26 Jan 2011, 14:46:00 UTC - in response to Message 1070806.

I've updated to 6.10.58....
and added the 10+10
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Message 1070811 - Posted: 26 Jan 2011, 14:54:28 UTC - in response to Message 1070806.
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Hand typed since it wouldn't let me copy/paste...


Click, [Shift]-Click to mark a few lines
then use the button (at the left) [Copy selected messages]

Try the [Update] again and post the messages from new BOINC


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Message 1070819 - Posted: 26 Jan 2011, 15:21:05 UTC - in response to Message 1070811.

Wed 26 Jan 2011 10:18:28 AM EST SETI@home update requested by user
Wed 26 Jan 2011 10:18:31 AM EST SETI@home Sending scheduler request: Requested by user.
Wed 26 Jan 2011 10:18:31 AM EST SETI@home Requesting new tasks
Wed 26 Jan 2011 10:18:50 AM EST SETI@home Scheduler request completed: got 47 new tasks


That's an improvement it immediately got 47 new tasks so I'm up to about 2.5 to 3 days work buffer...
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Message 1070826 - Posted: 26 Jan 2011, 15:41:22 UTC - in response to Message 1070819.

It seems to be going good now... It requested an additional 45 then 48 downloads..
I'm up to about 5 days worth now which is a huge improvement over my previous 1 1/2 days... I will wait till it stabalizes with all downloads complete and let you know the total. Then I'll close this out.
Thank You all very much for your help and especially the promptness that ya'll responded! Thanks again
John

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Message 1070845 - Posted: 26 Jan 2011, 16:31:23 UTC - in response to Message 1070826.

It finished up with 10 days worth of work! Thanks again...
John

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Message 1070886 - Posted: 26 Jan 2011, 19:01:02 UTC - in response to Message 1070845.


Yes, I see you have "Number of tasks today 316"
http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/host_app_versions.php?hostid=5429568


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